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, brother mike. four miles, the rough distance between the u.s. capitol and the pentagon. it can feel like a lot longer than that for chuck hagel today, as republicans gear up for a good old-fashioned grilling on his nomination for secretary of defense. one topic sure to come up is israel, which just launched an air strike in syria that u.s. officials say targeted a convoy of russian-made weapons that were headed for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name r
does this leave him? assume that he gets confirmed, he has to be a tough -- a tough guy at the pentagon. he is going to be tough with congress. he has to deal with the potential of the sequester, fighting for the budget that he does get, dealing with all of the problems that come at you when you are in charge of the pentagon and the generals and the other members of the joint chiefs are going to feel they can run over him. >> we'll see about that. i assume that every general with any number of stars was watching intently yesterday, and might have had that thought in mind. you said another important word, which is sequester. it's going to be a huge mess over there trying to, first, anticipate this, and then deal with whatever the new reality is. i do think that it was ugly yesterday. it was ugly on both sides. the white house wasn't so much from what i heard defending his performance as saying that those mean republicans also performed in an ugly and bad and not very attractive way. i don't think anybody looked particularly good in that showdown. i also think it's very clear that this is
on capitol hill about benghazi before leaving the pentagon. >> that is right. he hadn't planned to. but the threats from some lawmakers to potentially hold up a vote on chuck hagel on panetta's replacement pressed the pentagon to have panetta go up on to capitol hill to testify before the senate armed services committee next thursday. that is the same day that the senate is expected to vote on hagel's nomination. meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry was sworn in today during a private ceremony on capitol hill. he made headlines telling the boston globe president obama picked him for the job a week before susan rice withdrew her name over the benghazi controversy, which is a different timeline of what we have known before now. bret? jennifer griffin, live from the state department. thank you. 17% of male marines say they will leave the corps if women move in combat positions. in the survey done before the pentagon announced women could serve in combat, male marines worried about being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault. >>> still ahead, remembering a new york origin
. at this hour, we are hearing that several people have been hurt. we'll bring you to the pentagon for the latest on this story, just ahead. >>> also breaking news ahead. the former mayor of new york, ed koch has died. he was 88 years old. a look at his legacy this morning. a controversial, combative, confrontational and brash mayor, and the people of new york city loved him. we'll tell you about that, straight ahead. christine. >>> and the first jobs report of 2013 released in an hour and a half. the numbers for you, what it means for the health of the economy and the jobs market. >> and the defense secretary nominee on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now.
: president obama's pick to run the pentagon says believe me now and forget what i said before. in a hearing that even his supporters are conceding did not go so well. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening i'm bret baier. the man who wants to lead america's military was in full retreat today before a senate committee. defense secretary nominee chuck hagel spent much of today's confirmation hearing walking back earlier statements that had several of his former colleagues questioning whether he is the right man for the job. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel shows us what happens in what was at times a heated and other times awkward confirmation hearing. >> after two months of public chrissy. over the nomination to be secretary of defense, chuck hagel struggled to reassure senators he's up to the job and not soft on iran. >> i am committed to the president's goal of preventing iran obtaining nuclear weapon. as i have been on record on that issue. as i said in past, many time, all options must be on the table to achieve that goal. >> reporter: shortly after the top
in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his health over the last many years. mayor koch elected in 1977. he was a judge on the people's court, and he had been hospitalized recent well fluid on his lungs. moved to intensive care yesterday. he was 88 years old. richard socaridies joins us. writer for "new yorker," former aide to president clinton. when i was a kid growing up in long island, mayor koch was
. it is for these reasons that i believe he is the wrong person to lead the pentagon at this perilous and consequential time. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you very much, senator inhofe. we have two former chairmen of this committee with us to introduce senator hagel. no senator has had two dearer friends or better mentor is i have hadtors than with senators nunn and warner. i want to welcome them back to this committee. i don't have to tell them that they are among dear, dear friends. it is a real treat to welcome you back to the committee. i will call on you, senator nunn, first. i will call you alphabetically. i have no better way to do it. sam? [laughter] sam, welcome back. >> first, for the record, seniority and age are two different things. senator levin, ranking member inhofe, i am honored to join my friend john warner in presenting chuck hagel to the committee and recommending that chuck be confirmed as our secretary of defense. i think it is worth noting that 68 years ago this month, john warner and listed in the u.s. -- enlisted in the u.s. navy to fight in world war ii. that was the start of
captioning services, inc. >> chris: i'm chris wallace. the pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat. >> as the gender barrier falls, there is still questions whether women should serve in the infantry and special operations. we'll hear from two retired officers. air force colonel, the first female u.s. combat pilot. and army lieutenant general jerry boykin. with the pageantry over now comes the hard part dealing with the nation's big issues. from debt to gun violence to getting america back to work, is congress ready to act? we'll get the latest from two top senators, democrat dick durbin and republican bob corker. plus, the president uses his inaugural address to push a liberal agenda. we'll ask our sunday panel how mr. obama is likely to do in his second term. and our power player of the week. a student of the ways president's exercise power. all right now on funds. all right now on "fox news sunday." and hello again from fox news in washington. american women in the military have served on the frontlines for years. and 152 have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. but when defens
move by the pentagon. >> the tip of the sphere infantry battalion, these are the ones that attack the enemy. these are all male for good reason. we don't have women in those units it's not a good idea to put them there. everyone is insisting and assuming the standards will be the same. they will be equal but they won't be the same. general dempsey said if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we'll ask, should it be so high, that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he also asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so we can have more women in the unit. and then we have a diversity commission that says, we're supposed to have diversity metrics, that's another name for quotas and promotions for men will be contingent on meeting the diversity quota. the military is not there just to support equal opportunity. it's there to defent the country and carry out the missions that are asked of them. >> one shouldn't assume every woman would be for this new policy, and most men would be against it, and some men would be aga
the latest move by the pentagon. >> the tip of the spear infantry battalions, the ones that attack the enemy, they are men for good reason. now, everyone is insisting and assuming the standards will be the same. they will be equal. but they won't be the same. because general dempsey said, well, if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we'll ask should it be so high. that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so we can have more women in that unit. and we have a diversity commission that says we're supposed to have diversity metrics, another name for quotas. the military is not there just for equal opportunity. it's there to defend the country and to carry out the missions asked of them. >> okay. one shouldn't assume every woman would be for this new policy. of course most men would be against it. mikey, you're all for this. tell me about your experience in the military serving alongside women and why you're for it. >> don, i am. i think this is a very sensible, pragmatic decision
, hagel's. politician. for hagel that's the problem. the pentagon has seen its share of men who triumphed on the ballot and got gobbled up in one of the world's biggest bureaucracies where political skills are helpful but not as much as sheer organizational or budgetary mastery. this is coming -- >> the republican party of, i don't know, a year ago would have said here's a ceo type. isn't that what you need in a sprawling bureaucracy where the bloated budget needs to be wrestled to the ground? i don't know what the rights are getting at and i don't understand why -- i understand there's the personal drama, and that's maybe why he couldn't ask the question as fluidly as you could. you know, what are the objection says here? is it about iran? they want to know is he iffing to invade or not? >> i think the question is, as we are looking at sequestration and looking at massive defense cuts that are with a meat clever and somebody needs to do them with an exacto knife -- i don't know if such a thing is possible -- go ahead. >> there is a question here, and it is a tough one. the pentagon, the
't persuaded by that, but rather by the text of the constitution itself. now that the pentagon has lifted the ban on women in combat, oppons argue we could have problems with cohesion and combat readiness. it was a hot topic on the sunday morning shows. steve centanni has more. >> reporter: some say women are not strong enough for combat roles. others say they have proven themselves time and time again. it's official, women will be able to serve alongside men, opening up doors to advancement, along the military chain of command. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta signed that order last week. but many insist, this is a basic question of physical ability. >> i think the evidence is clear that combat effectiveness when women have put in those kine of demanding roles, they begin to break down. there is a difference in the physicality of women and men. they're not in the nfl. olympic athletes combeat by gender, not against each other. >> reporter: woeful have been serving in combat roles for years in iran iscprak afghanistan. and supporters say there have been no serious issues. nakts, so
. many are wondering what went wrong. rothers and sister in armings. pentagon lifts the band of women on combat. we'll talk to senator john mccain and a woman who played a historic role in putting women on the front line. >> we are launching a new science segment with a look at how asterroadways could be a source of fuel. i am uma pemmaraju from america's news headquarters starting right now. >> the northeast and midatlantic are getting a rude awakening from what is up to now a relatively mild winter. the midwest is bracing for an ice storm threatening to leave cities from st. louis fochicago glazed over. temperatures are plunging . we begin first with chief meteorologist at the fox weather center, rick? >> a slight improvement and we are in day 7 of the cold snap . we are seeing the colder of maroon retreating to canada . it is still cold behind it but the temperatures are improved. they are still very cold. it feels a lot better. look at today's high temperatures in the area. 20s and a few 30s in the southern area in the ohio valley . tomorrow, we go up by 5-7 degrees and then on to
. more than a fewwise cracks. >> the pentagon has decided to allow women to serve in combat. [cheers and applause] the hope is that we can now finally defeat the taliban by giving them the silent treatment. >> geraldo: tonight, what happens to already stressed-out military families at home when infidelity and sex assaults are added to the dangers of combat duty overseas? plus: >> our wake gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again and again and again in our country. >> geraldo: a demo today in d.c. keeps the pressure on for gun control. but also today, at 51 gun shows in 26 states, gun owners pushed back and buy up. >> 100 million-plus gun owners in america are feeling put upon, like we are scapegoated for the acts of a psychopathic killer in newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: tonight, exclusive, inside the gun show loophole. and... judging jodi. >> you said you knew her. you see that photograph? >> yeah. >> do you know who that is? >> it looks like jodi. >> do you know anything about that? >> no. >> how about exhibit number 164? who does that look like to you? >> lik
a trillion dollars. also, $1.8 billion from tri-care, healthcare for the veterans. also, the pentagon announced today that 46,000 jobs will be cut due to budget cuts. the saddest headline today and has me the most upset is one the troops in afghanistan are not getting breakfast. look at the headline. they are cutting back on meals for the soldiers. the guys put their lives on the lines every day. the guys and gals. we should give them a warm breakfast; particularly, in the draw down to thank them for what they have done. i don't know cereal or breakfast companies if you have good ideas or entrepreneurial, they would appreciate it. that's it for us at "the five." thank you for watching. see you back here tomorrow. >> is president obama starting a bidding war over immigration reform? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. for the second day in a row we begin with a new plan to fix america's immigration system. monday, group of bipartisan senators shared their though thoughts. today was president obama's term to unveil his proposal this time in glitzy la
rhetoric, or does north korea really have the capability to attack? pentagon correspondent barbara starr has all the details. >> reporter: north korea's latest sabre rattling. threatening the south just one day after pyongyang said it will lob missiles at the u.s. and conduct a new nuclear test, leaving no doubt leader kim jong-un isn't giving up his father's nuclear program. the u.s. might not is advanced warning of a new underground test. >> they have the capability, frankly, to conduct these tests in a way that make it very difficult to determine whether or not they are doing it. >> reporter: but there are signs they're ready to test if ordered. >> the north korean are maintaining a fairly high state of readiness at the test site. that means that if the order is given from pyongyang to go ahead, they can probably conduct the test in a few weeks. >> reporter: satellite imagery shows a tunnel entrance where the device may undergo final assembly. a bunker for personnel and equipment. and a communications network to make sure the order to detonate can be carried out. north korea's weapons
there was no distinct central africa command in terms of the way the pentagon cleaved the world. in 2007 there was africa command and it currently is stationed in europe, not actually in africa. there have been a variety of initiatives to train the soldiers of different african regimes, counterterrorism training, other kinds of training and in fact the soldiers of mali. mali was one of the star pupils in the -- >> and they're the same people now we're fighting. >> right. so i want to turn to mali in a second but first i want to push back -- not push back but to play devil's advocate about this intervention question on libya. when you look at all the negative consequences of libya, what do you say to the point about syria? everything that you could say about libya, weapons, destabilization, refugees, everything that's terrible about what has been the fallout of libya seems to me happening in syria as well where there hasn't been the same intervention and so maybe it's just the nature of the conflict as opposed to what the u.s. or the west does. >> no, that's a copout. it's not the nature
the jobs of all 46,000 temporary civilian employees at the pentagon. the announcement today said it's a response to mandatory, across- the-board spending cuts. they're scheduled to take effect march 1, unless congress comes up with alternative cuts. without changes, hundreds of thousands of full-time civilian employees will face furloughs and reduced paychecks by april. the government of syria called today for thousands of refugees to come home, including those opposed to the regime. nearly 600,000 syrians have fled the civil war and gone to neighboring countries. there's been a new surge this week. we have a report narrated by alex thomson of independent television news. >> the children say they double-checked their figures. they counted around 10,000 children in the overcrowded camps in jordan in just the past 24 hours, with the parents or gardens they recognized around 20,000 people in all. with the winter cold and conditions like this, in the camps, king abdullah of jordan took the might of these people to the top today, to the world economic summit in davous. >> jordan is hosti
of the questions have come out of pentagon and have been answered about why it took so long. >> actually not satisfactory. how on september 11th, of all days, with all these warnings didn't we have assets there for seven hours to -- there's so many questions that -- >> so this is not over in your mind at all, not over. >> what did the president do during this period of time? there's two movies been made about getting bin laden with every ticktock of heavy minute. we still don't know what the president was doing, but more importantly, martha, more importantly than that, very quickly, is what's happening all over north africa? what's happening in the middle east? things are deteriorating in a rapid fashion, and it's because of a lack of american leadership. >> deteriorating certainly in north africa. a lot of presence of al qaeda. >> iraq, syria. >> let's go to syria and talk about syria. i actually spoke to secretary of defense leon panetta last week about syria, and he had some pretty alarming things to say. he basically said those shells that the u.s. knew they were loading, artillery s
to be running the pentagon. >> sam? >> well, i slightly disagree with robert. >> i thought you might. >> you know, actually it's funny because some of these questions did produce interesting, illustrative answers. for instance, when ron johnson got hillary clinton to say what difference does it make? well, it does make a difference. the problem i found with the questions was they ended up stepping on the news. they became so demonstrative and so theatrical that they ended up stealing the spotlight from the answers. that did a disservice in some respects to the question. >> is the real story the feeder of the questions or hagel's fumbling performance? i think it's the latter. i think hagel had a dismal performance at that hearing. did he seem competent to run the pentagon? there were a lot of questions even among democrats after that hearing whether he's ready. >> i don't disagree with that. i think hagel had a really poor performance. what i'm saying is for these senators -- if you looked at what ted cruz was asking about, association with an israeli diplomat that basically 99.9% of the coun
authorities. he served for three decades as an army special forces officer and top pentagon official in july 2001 he assumed the duties of military assistant to secretary rumsfeld and worked daily with the secretary for the next five and a half years and then upon retirement from the army he continued at the pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense. please join me in welcoming steve bucci. steve? [applause] >> let me add my welcome to all of you. i think we're going to have a real treat this morning. as john mentioned, i'm a special forces officer by profession, and so this area is near and dear to my heart because this is kind of what we do, or did. they don't let me do it anymore. [laughter] i mentioned to max when he came in a little historical artifact in that when i was a cadet at west point, i bought a book that had just been published. it was a two-volume set. it was called war in the shadows, the guerrilla in history by robert asprague. that book from 1975 til now really has been the sort of benchmark for this kind of historical review of this subject area. that's a long tim
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